noun, often attributive
war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwȯr-ē-ər, ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər\

Definition of warrior

: a person engaged or experienced in warfare broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict poverty warriors

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Examples of warrior in a Sentence

a proud and brave warrior a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors

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There was nothing much beyond local legend to suggest that this particular mound was the last resting place of the warrior queen. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Brexit Warnings to Be Found in Sheep Grazing in a London Park," 3 Sep. 2019 One Star of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe performs a warrior dance in a traditional Native American headdress and wardrobe. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dior Deletes Johnny Depp Sauvage Ad Amidst Backlash for Native American Depiction," 30 Aug. 2019 The brief video attached to the tweet showed a man, Canku One Star, doing a warrior dance in traditional Native American attire. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Dior ad for 'Sauvage' perfume featuring Native American dancer, Johnny Depp draws criticism," 30 Aug. 2019 BBC Inslee Out Climate warrior Jay Inslee is the latest to drop out of the Democratic presidential nomination race. David Meyer, Fortune, "UPS’s Drone Hopes: CEO Daily," 22 Aug. 2019 Carved and drawn into the limestone, figures including concentric circles and a supernatural warrior figure remain a testament to the Mississippian belief that caves were a portal to the underworld. National Geographic, "Take an epic road trip to Tennessee’s coolest caverns," 16 Aug. 2019 That warrior woman is Huntara, and she’s voiced by none other than Academy Award winner Geena Davis. Patrick Gomez, EW.com, "Netflix's She-Ra sneak peek: Watch She-Ra fall in love with Geena Davis' Huntara," 1 Aug. 2019 Like the woman, who was buried about 260 feet away, the man showed signs of high social standing, wielding a sword, shield and lance and wearing a complete warrior outfit. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "This Iron Age Celtic Woman Was Buried in a Hollowed-Out Tree Trunk," 31 July 2019 Sinhalese students learn that the great warrior-king Dutugemunu defeated a foreign ruler, Elara, protecting Buddhism and uniting the country. The Economist, "“Us” v “them” in South Asia," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of warrior

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warrior

Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war

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English Language Learners Definition of warrior

: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill


war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwȯr-ē-ər\

Kids Definition of warrior

: a person who is or has been in warfare

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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